Pharmacy Week 2015
The focus of the 2015 National Pharmacy Week was Chronic Diseases: Take control, and pharmacists all over rose to the occasion.
National Pharmacy Week in September this year was enthusiastically supported by pharmacists around the country, and they took full advantage of the opportunity to champion the profession and the contribution pharmacists make in the health and wellbeing of the people of South Africa.
The 2015 theme, Chronic Diseases: Take Control, was an apt topic considering the Minister of Health’s warning about the alarming increase in chronic diseases over the years. Bright poster displays, informative talks and testing and counselling stations ensured public attention was focused on the pharmacist and how equipped they are to make a difference to the population’s health.
National Pharmacy Week
Pharmacy Week 2015 took place from 1 to 8 September and focused on the theme Chronic Diseases:Take Control.
The promotional material was developed by the Council and its partners, the National Department of Health and the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA).
The SAPC issued a press release on 1 September 2015, and the Registrar, Mr Amos Masango, was available as spokesperson for media interviews.
The Office of the Registrar would like to thank members for the numerous Pharmacy Week participation reports showing pharmacy professionals reaching out to their communities, schools and patients.
We take this opportunity to share some of the Pharmacy Week stories.
Pharmacy Week at Durban’s King Edward VIII Hospital.
The nine pharmacy interns together with pharmacy supervisor Mrs A Smith and assistant pharmacy manager Ms C Pakkiri organised and coordinated a programme to coincide with Pharmacy Week’s theme Chronic Diseases: Take Control.
Pharmacy Week at Life Rosepark Hospital.
“Spring has sprung and so has Pharmacy Week at Life Rosepark Hospital. With this year’s theme being chronic diseases: take control it gave us an opportunity to showcase the significant value we can add through educating patients about their medication.”
Pharmacy Week at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital.
“Staff welcomed Pharmacy Week by decorating the pharmacy around the theme and putting up posters promoting healthy lifestyle choices with slogans such as “Water first for Thirst”.
We held talks at different wards in the hospital and requested the unit managers to remind their patients to bring their own chronic medications when being admitted to hospital. We also gave advice on ways to decrease the risk of developing a chronic disease by, for example, adopting a healthy lifestyle, avoiding tobacco use, increasing physical activity, achieving optimal weight, improving nutrition, and avoiding sun exposure.”
Pharmacy Week at Netcare Pharmacies.
“Netcare Pharmacies optimally used Pharmacy Week to share the value of the Clinical Pharmacy Services, a component of our Netcare Pharmacies.
As Pharmacy Week 2015 aimed to spread the message of Chronic Diseases: Take control, with a focus on pharmacy striving towards quality care together with patients, Netcare’s participation targetted different patient groups.”
Pharmacy week at Pick n Pay Pharmacy (Durban North)
Pick n Pay Pharmacy (Durban North) enjoyed a successful Pharmacy Week. Their activities included: a window display, free blood pressure screenings, goodie bags with freebies from reps to give away with scripts, pharmacy facts and jokes stapled on to packets, interesting food and drug interactions displayed at a counseling point.”